Water and Climate Specialist

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Delhi, India 🇮🇳


The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a CGIAR Research Center is looking for a competent, self-motivated, and dynamic candidate to join as the IRS – Water and climate specialist.

The incumbent will work across different work packages of the CGIAR’s MITIGATE+ initiative in Bangladesh as well as six other countries covered by the initiative.


  • Contribute to country reports and literature reviews on climate, food and land national strategies and policies on aspects related to land and water-based mitigation.
  • Generate country-specific data on emissions linked to water and food systems (reservoirs, rice fields, groundwater pumping, wetlands) using country statistics, life cycle inventory data, etc.
  • Analyze water-carbon tradeoffs in different crop & management systems.
  • Conduct reviews to identify data gaps, assess water adaptation strategies, etc.
  • Use a combination of modelling and field measurements in selected countries to generate tier 2 emission factors.
  • Conduct time sequence analysis to understand changes in GHG emissions.
  • Coordinate IWMI’s data collection work in Bangladesh or other focus countries and lead/contribute to relevant activities as needed through designing and implementing research, liaising with partners, hiring and managing consultants, conducting interviews and workshops, etc.
  • Publish journal articles, reports, and blogs highlighting IWMI’s contribution and findings within the MITIGATE+ initiative.


Qualifications, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • A PhD in environmental engineering, civil engineering, environmental sciences, water management or related field is required.
  • A minimum of 5 years of work experience on water and climate change is required.
  • Track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experience of working in interdisciplinary and multicultural teams.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Experience with the IPCC methodology for emissions calculation and knowledge of the principles of hydrology is required.
  • Familiarity with creating and using life cycle inventories is required, knowledge of carbon footprint, water footprint or life cycle analysis methodologies are desirable.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the water adaptation and mitigation approaches and challenges.
  • Experience in water resources modelling and managing large climate data sets.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Experience in using Earth Observation / Remote Sensing tools is desirable.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Ability to write and communicate clearly.
  • Fluency in English is required, knowledge of other regional languages is an asset.


What we are offering:

This is a globally recruited position with a competitive salary commensurate with experience, an attractive retirement plan, comprehensive international health insurance, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, long-term disability insurance coverage and a transportation allowance. Globally recruited staff who are employed at a duty station outside of their home base/country of nationality will also receive relocation assistance, a housing allowance, home-leave plane tickets for self and eligible dependents and education assistance for eligible dependents.

The duration of the contract will initially be for a three-year period with possible extension.

HOW TO APPLY: We will be accepting applications through 24:00 (IST) September 11, 2022 (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis). Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

IWMI believes that diversity powers our innovation, contributes to our excellence, and is critical for our mission. We offer a multi-cultural, multi-color, multi-generational and multi-disciplinary working environment. We are consciously creating an inclusive organization that reflects our global character and our commitment to gender equity. We, therefore, encourage applicants from all cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, and gender identities.